Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.35
Liaison Mo Lovegreen
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, Santa Barbara
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jewel Snavely
Campus Sustainability Coordinator, TGIF Grants Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

UC Santa Barbara has one sustainability website that highlights its operational, academic, and administrative elements of sustainability. Each committee, department, and organization within UCSB that works on sustainability is linked to this central website.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

UCSB Sustainability maintains a sustainability e-mail-based quarterly newsletter. In addition, UCSB Sustainability sends weekly sustainability email announcements. Both the newsletter and the weekly announcements provide students, faculty, and staff with up to date information on sustainability efforts and events coordinated by UCSB, both on and off campus.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The UC Santa Barbara Office of Sustainability maintains a sustainability Facebook, Website, Instagram, and Twitter account.

1. Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/UCSBSustainability?ref=hl) -- UCSB Sustainability's Facebook page focuses on increasing awareness primarily in the student body. Through posting "'Did you know's?', campus activities and events that focus on sustainability in topics ranging from economics to sociology, this page disperses information on what UCSB Sustainability is doing in 'action today for tomorrow.'

2. Twitter ( https://twitter.com/UCSBSustainable ) -- Twitter is rapidly becoming the most popular social media platform due to its simplicity and versatility. This quarter, I mainly focused on tweeting about events on campus.

3. Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ucsbsustainability/?hl=en) - over the last few years, Sustainability has been growing its presence on instagram. Instagram is a great way to share pictures from events, and to highlight sustainability features on our campus.

4. UCSB Sustainability website (http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/ ) -- The website is the communication hub of UCSB Sustainability, in that it aims to reach all audiences ranging from faculty and students to outsiders interested in the program. I updated the events calendar and contributed ideas to the website's reconstruction.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

While at UCSB we do not have a regular column or reporter assigned to sustainability, we do have regular coverage of sustainability in both of our main student newspapers, the Bottom Line (thebottomline.as.ucsb.edu) and the main student newspaper, Nexus (dailynexus.com).
UCSB sustainability website archives some of the sustainability articles published in the newspapers on campus. Here is an archive of some of the sustainability articles: http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/news/


The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

There are at least four vehicles for disseminating student research on Sustainability at UCSB. The first is the Department of Geography's on-line newsletter and articles on the departmental webpage: http://geog.ucsb.edu/department-news/

A second point is the TGIF website where some student led projects are featured. This site is: http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/tgif/tgif-projects/

The third is the Bren School website where student group projects can be viewed:
http://bren.ucsb.edu/research/masters_gp.htm

The fourth is the Environmental Studies on-line newsletter, which can be found at:
http://www.es.ucsb.edu/news/newsletter


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

LEED Certified buildings feature signage that recognizes their excellence in sustainability efforts and environmentally-conscious building decisions.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

The UCSB Residential Dining Services is involved in a multitude of sustainable practices on campus, and signage is used to highlight several of these. They advertise use of Fair-Trade Coffee in all dining commons and providing recycling and composting services for all food waste in DLG and Portola dining commons, as well as in the University Center.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

UC Santa Barbara has signs throughout campus that designate our many irrigation stations that utilize reclaimed water. UCSB currently irrigates 90% of the campus with reclaimed water.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

UC Santa Barbara's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration has organized a campus walking tour that highlights the diversity of plants and ornamental horticulture located throughout our school grounds. Tours can be found here: http://ccber.ucsb.edu/education/tours

You can also find a virtual sustainability tour on UCSB’s Interactive Campus Map, along with tours of Green Certified Offices, Green Certified Labs, Sustainability Researchers, Irrigation Types & Vegetation Types, LEED Buildings, Bike Parking & Lockers, CCBER Points of Interest, the lagoon, Electric Vehicle Parking & Charging, Zipcar Stations, Recycle+Compost Bins, and Hydration Stations. See more here: http://mapdev.geog.ucsb.edu


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

The UCSB Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) serves those who commute to UCSB by foot, skateboard, bicycle, bus, carpool, vanpool, or train. Their aim is to reduce traffic congestion, emissions, and the demand for parking on campus.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The Transportation Alternatives Bicycle Map shows campus bike paths and the locations of bike services — lockers, self-service tools, and air pumps. View the map here:
http://www.tps.ucsb.edu/files/docs/tap/bikepathandlockerlocations.pdf

The Interactive Campus Map also has a bike map and a map of bike parking and lockers.
http://mapdev.geog.ucsb.edu/


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The UCSB Housing Office provides a Green Housing Guide that outlines green cleaning techniques with natural products; sustainable, local alternatives for grocery shopping; and methods for conserving energy and waste reduction. The Guide is divided up into sections that address parts of students' everyday life and include tips from move-in to move-out.
Green Guide for the Halls: http://issuu.com/ucsbhrsgreenguide/docs/green_guide_final

The UCSB housing office also has a separate green guide for students living in Isla Vista apartments: http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/files/docs/residences/success-guide/sg-gogreen.pdf .

Housing & Residential Services’ goals are to protect, preserve, and regenerate our environmental resources by implementing “Earth Friendly” practices and supporting UCSB on its way to becoming a sustainable community. Visit http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/earth-friendly-living to see how sustainability is incorporated into the residential experience.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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